Bing Haus San Diego

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I love sharing local San Diego spots with you guys, especially when they involve coffee or sweets! I recently checked out the adorable Bing Haus cafe which serves the coolest ice cream and frozen treats! Some of their specialties are rolled ice cream, ice cream by the sea, which is soft serve served in a waffle that is shaped like a fish, and melon bingsoo, which is a yummy combo of melon balls, mochi, shaved ice, condensed milk and fun toppings! I tried the ice cream by the sea and it was so delicious not mention perfect for an insta shot! If you're looking for a fun place to get a sweet treat, be sure to check them out!

Pastel Easter Party

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! I'm so excited to share this pastel Easter party post with you guys! I absolutely love a good party theme and organizing every detail to match said theme. For this post I'm sharing the focal point of my pastel party which is my dessert table! I knew I wanted to bake a cake and came up with this adorable bunny cake idea! I've seen the unicorn cake trend going around instagram and decided to take that idea but make the cake a bunny instead for Easter! 

I think it's so important for the cake to taste as beautiful and unique as it looks, so for this spring party I made a vanilla cake with lemon curd and buttercream filling. I've always loved this one lemon curd cake at Nordstrom cafe (if you've tried it you know how good it is!) so I decided to try making it myself! The cake is 5 layers (using 3 6in x 3in cake pans) I've shared the recipe down below!
I added some lovely Easter accents like this adorable chocolate bunny in a jar surrounded by robins eggs, these super cute plate and napkins and of course lots of easter candy, fresh blooms and light pink balloons. 

Here are a few of my tips for sticking to this pastel theme and creating a seamless dessert table!

  1. When buying Easter candy make sure you get candy that is truly pastel. For example, the Robins Egg brand robin's egg are actually quite bright so I opted for the Cadbury brand robin's eggs that are more pastel.
  2. Mix and match different pastel colors to tie your theme together. Ex: I chose pink plates but light turquoise straws.
  3. A dessert table filled with goodies always looked more pleasing than one with minimal sweets. I know this seems obvious but if you're like me and want to make all the desserts yourself it can be quite overwhelming and you may end up with less sweets on display because baking 5 desserts seems a bit too much. My advice is to make one or two of the dessert dishes yourself and buy the rest store-bought. Some things, like this easter bunny cake really have to be home made and since it takes a lot of time and effort to make I knew I wouldn't have time to make another dessert like macarons. Luckily, Trader Joes sells delicious macarons in their frozen section!

Lemon Curd Vanilla Cake Recipe:

1. Make two boxes of Vanilla Cake mix as directed in three 6in x 3in cake pans. After cooling cakes, remove from pans, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for about 1 hour. Then remove cakes from freezing and cup of domes, and cut each layer in half.

2. Make Lemon Curd, recipe can be found here (I've tried a few recipes and this one works best for me)
3. After lemon curd has set, this could take a couple of hours, make Vanilla buttercream, recipe can be found here (tip: for truly white frosting use clear vanilla extract)
4. Assemble cake alternating filling the layers with buttercream and lemon curd. 
5. Frost cake and add eyelashes and nose. 
6. Lastly, add bunny ears and fresh flowers

All About the Velour

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Velour is coming back in style and I'm SO ready for it. I used to be obsessed with juicy couture velour track suits back in the day, as I'm sure everyone and their mother was, and now that velour is on trend again, I'm finding new ways to incorporate it into my style. 

While I loved those Juicy tracksuits, I don't think velour sweatpants with a bedazzled butt are quite my style anymore. To add some velour into my current wardrobe, I've sought out and more minimal neutral colored pieces. My favorite velour piece of the moment are these blush velour runner's shorts from topshop. They come in a variety of super cute colors not to mention they are super comfy and reasonably priced! I love pairing them with all white and of course a pair of blush sunnies to match. I've linked a few of my other favorite velour pieces of the moment below! 

Favorite Tech Accessories

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Marble Phone Case: Madotta // Laptop Case: Kate Spade // iPhone Fan: Paper Source
Today I wanted to share some of my favorite tech accessories with you guys! Some of these accessories are more decorative and some are more functional. I've discovered theses accessories and gadgets over the last couple of years and wanted to share them with you guys so you can get the most out of your technology!

My favorite tech accessory has to be my pink marble phone case from Madotta! I love all the incredibly unique marble phone cases Madonna carries, but of course the pink marble is my all time favorite! You can check out their selection here.

With any valuable piece of technology, you want to be sure you keep it safe and in turn have a case to store it in. When I got my new Macbook Pro this last Christmas, I wanted a case that was going to be functional in protecting it but I honesty also wanted something cute. My mom actually give me this adorable Kate Spade laptop case and it couldn't be more my style! Not to mention it's fully cushioned and will keep my laptop out of harm's way.

Now as far as phone gadget's go, I'm obsessed with this little fan from Paper Source that plugs into the charging port of my phone! I get overheated easily and I don't exactly have an electric fan with me at all times so this tiny fan that requires no charging and can just be snapped into my phone couldn't be more perfect for hot days traveling, at the beach or just running errands on a warm day here in San Diego (which is seriously most of the year). 

Comfy and Chic in Black & White

Friday, March 31, 2017

Birdrock, La Jolla

T-shirt: Target // Leggings: Lululemon // Flannel: Abercrombie // Boots: Ugg
I see so many gorgeous outfits posted by other bloggers and influencers on Instagram, their blogs and on Pinterest. The thing is, all of these outfits are stunning yet for the most part, not applicable to most viewer's daily wardrobe. Don't get me wrong I LOVE a gorgeous dressy or designer outfit but the majority of my days (and I'm sure many other reader's days) are spent in more casual or comfy outfits. That's why I wanted to share one of my go-to outfits for a day out and about!

I'm a huge fan of wearing leggings (my favorite are these high waisted Lululemon pair) but if I'm going to be wearing them out and about, I like to pair it with a piece that will spice up the outfit a bit so what I'm wearing won't look so much like gym wear. My favorite way to achieve this is by tying a cute flannel around my waist! This is also a little "hack" I like to use if I want to wear a shorter shirt with leggings, the flannel can cover a a bit more area in the front and back. And of course I love throwing on my favorite little chukka boots from Ugg to finish off the look!

Current Beauty Product Obsessions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When I discover a new product that I truly love, I want to share it with others because in the vast array of beauty products, it can be difficult to find what works for you. Today I'm sharing a face mask, face primer and perfume that I have fallen in love with. I've tested each of these products over at least a few weeks time and they have proven to keep me hooked!

I first tried the Fresh Rose Face Mask back in September when it was the birthday gift at Sephora and I used it every night, noticing quite a difference in my skin once I had finished the jar. I have extremely sensitive skin that is acne prone and can also get dry from using acne spot treatments. This mask not only completely hydrated my skin, it made me face feel incredibly smooth and evened out my redness! FYI: This mask is included in the Sephora 500 pt reward right now along with a few other products from their line!

I've heard great things about Milk's Blur Stick and had to give it a try for myself. I honestly have not once found a primer that I liked. They either make my makeup cakey, make me break out or don't really do much at all. I'm a tough critic when it comes to primers but I can honestly say the blur stick is a wonderful face primer! It has only natural ingredients, completely blurs out my pores, fine lines and helps even any redness or discoloration and my makeup seriously stays flawless all day! 

Lastly, I wanted to share one of my favorite perfumes Noble Carnation from Royal Apothic. My sister and I both love this scent that we discovered a few years ago at Anthropologie. I'm very picky when it comes to perfumes, I like a vanilla-y scent and if it has any floral notes I don't like them to be too overpowering. I also don't like smelling overly perfumed. This perfume combines it's notes just right to create a unique and intoxicating scent! It's made up of classic Carnation and Black Currant, and has middle notes of Spicy Marigold, Clove and Violet Leaf over a base of Sandalwood, Cedarwood and a hint of Oriental Musk.

Winter to Spring: Outfit Transition

Friday, March 24, 2017

La Jolla, CA

Dress: Old but similar here // Boots: Steve Madden
It's officially spring which in San Diego means sunnier, longer days and less winter coats and scarves. The weather has been in the 70s during the day but still drops into the 50s at night which can be pretty difficult to dress for! I want to share some of my favorite ways to accommodate the changing spring weather into your daily outfits. My favorite outfit combo to wear for this weather is a short or mid sleeve dress with tall boots. You're able to stay cool during the day with the airy dress but throw a sweater over the ensemble at night and you're sure to keep warm in combination with wearing tall boots. I also like to opt for a dress that has a double lining or a slightly thicker material (not as thick as a sweater dress yet a bit heavier than a sundress) I've linked some dress options below that would work great along with some tall boots to pair them with.